ROCKINGHAM — Any Richmond County residents looking to dispose of unused medications can do so this weekend.
The Rockingham Police Department is again teaming up with Medical Center Pharmacy to participate in Operation Medicine Drop.
The spring drug take-back day will be at the pharmacy from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday.
Operation Medicine Drop is “a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication,” according to the N.C. Department of Insurance.
Last year’s spring event collected 18,480 pounds (about 13.8 million dosage units) of prescription pills statewide, according to the SBI. The fall event collected more than 26,000 pounds (about 19.5 million dosage units.
After collection, all meds are incinerated.
For those who may miss the designated take-back days, there are collection boxes at the Rockingham and Hamlet police departments and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.